Asian Pacific Americans are a growing segment of the U.S. population. Nevertheless, those claiming affirmative action is unnecessary to provide equal opportunities fail to see the issues created for recent minority groups living in the U.S. Such growing portions of the population such as Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans have traditionally been overlooked even from a minority perspective. African Americans and women have traditionally benefited from Affirmative Action, but these newer groups of immigrants still face discrimination in many cases. One study reported in The Journal of Higher Education on affirmative action and diversity at college campuses concludes, ˘Asian Pacific Americans are the invisible population in American higher education, or the missing minority in the collegiate racial discourse÷ (Inkelas 2003, 602). Clearly there is still progress to be made before women and minorities face an equal playing field.
rgue that without affirmative action we live in a society that would now afford equal opportunities to women and minorities. This is simply not the case from a historical perspective in American society, ˘American society today continues to have an unlevel playing field with respect to women and people of color attaining true equal opportunity in the participation of those social and economic areas that dictate oneĂs standard of living÷ (Hill 1997, 2).
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Many who are opposed to affirmative action argue that it hurts white individuals because women or minorities are often hired or admitted to schools. Whites often see these individuals as being less qualified but get hired or accepted in order to meet quotas or mandated diversity goals. However, the majority of literature on the issue puts the lie to this mentality. Two assumptions made regarding a